Slayer - Reign of Blood 12" Picture Disc new

Limited Edition 12 ” Picture Disc Vinyl

Album Notes:

Following the success of Hell Awaits , Slayer was offered a recording contract with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin ’s newly founded Def Jam Records , a largely rap -based label. The band accepted and with an experienced producer and major label recording budget, the band underwent a sonic makeover resulting in shorter, faster songs with clearer production. Gone were the complex arrangements and long songs featured on Hell Awaits , ditched in favor of stripped down, thrash metal influenced song structures. [

Def Jam’s distributor, Columbia Records , refused to release the album Reign in Blood due to its graphic cover art and lyrical themes. For example, “ Angel of Death ” detailed Holocaust concentration camps and the human experiments conducted by Nazi physician Josef Mengele . The album was distributed by Geffen Records on October 7, 1986. However, due to the controversy, Reign in Blood did not appear on Geffen Records’ release schedule. [1] Although the album received virtually no radio airplay, it became the band's first to enter the Billboard 200 , debuting at #94, and the band’s first album certified gold in the United States .

In October 1986, Slayer embarked on the Reign in Pain world tour, with Overkill in the US , and Malice in Europe
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